Watford scrape into FA Cup quarter-finals with tense victory over QPR

first_img Gracia’s men got the job done 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Leistner should’ve scored RANKED Watford scraped into the quarter finals of the FA Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory over QPR on Friday night.Etienne Capoue struck on the stroke of half-time to dump out the spirited Championship side, who will be disappointed to draw a blank after creating several chances. REVEALED MONEY 4 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 no dice huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Matt Smith then should have found the back of the net when well-placed, but sent a header wide, although he was offside, and, with QPR applying further pressure, Gomes was forced into a fine save.Leading a counter-attack from inside his own half, the influential Luke Freeman carried the ball deep into Watford’s before floating a pass to Nahki Wells, who stretched to shoot towards the bottom right corner where the diving Gomes stretched to tip wide.It was in the first minute of first-half stoppage time that, against the run of play, the visitors fortuitously took the lead. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won An often stretched affair was consistently played at a high tempo and with intensity, but there were few threats on goal before the 28th minute when, after Ken Sema was dispossessed, Daryl Janmaat seized on the loose ball just inside the area and stabbed narrowly over.When Heurelho Gomes, given a rare start in goal over Foster, then demonstrated a lack of match practice by conceding a corner with a misplaced kick, QPR were almost instantly presented with a fine chance to take the lead and were thereafter largely impressive.The goalkeeper unconvincingly punched the resulting corner to Massimo Luongo, who from the edge of the area controlled possession before connecting well, but shooting narrowly wide of the left post. ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Frenchman capitalised on confusion inside the Rangers box, and fired home a well-placed volley into the bottom-right corner.Steve McClaren’s men should’ve taken the Premier League club to extra-time when skipper Toni Leistner somehow missed from a yard out in the dying stages.But the Hornets held on to continue their remarkable season under Javi Gracia. Capoue’s strike proved to be the difference Jose Holebas’ left-wing corner found Tom Cleverley at close range and the midfielder’s complete mis-hit landed in the path of Capoue, who then optimistically swung at goal and watched as the ball bounced and crept beyond Joe Lumley’s reach and in.Gracia chose not to make any half-time changes and was almost punished in the 62nd minute when QPR again went close.Under minimal pressure Christian Kabasele needlessly gifted possession to Wells with a misplaced pass and the striker nearly capitalised by curling narrowly wide. BEST OF QPR’s cup run comes to an end The hosts continued to dominate and created their clearest chance in the 88th minute, but their failure to score summed up their evening.Darnell Furlong met a deep cross at the back post and sent it back across the face of goal to Toni Leistner who was free on the left. The defender slid in on a near-open goal, but somehow missed from a yard out.last_img

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